Kate Middleton Continues to Break Royal Protocol, Even on Her Tour of Pakistan

Prince William and Kate Middleton are about to wrap up their five-day tour of Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited a number of different locations in the region this week and will return Friday. Despite security concerns, their tour has gone smoothly, though Middleton did have a major misstep on the first day of the trip. Here’s a look at how Middleton accidentally broke royal protocol and found herself in an awkward situation during her first day in Pakistan.

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Kate Middleton breaks royal protocol

Prince William and Middleton arrived in Pakistan on Monday. Their first stop inside the country’s capital of Islamabad was at a state-run school.

The visit was nothing out of the ordinary for the pair, who have visited a good deal of schools over the years. It also furthered their mission to promote education for young women in the area, one of their key goals for the tour. But as Middleton stepped out of the car, she accidentally broke royal protocol by seeking a handshake from a nearby soldier.

According to Express, Prince William got out of the car first and waited for the soldier to salute him before offering a handshake. Middleton, however, went for the handshake right away.

Royal protocol dictates that soldiers are supposed to salute members of the royal family before anything else, which left Middleton awkwardly waiting with her hand extended. The soldier, of course, quickly saluted and then went in for the handshake, so Kate Middleton’s embarrassment was at least short-lived.

Fortunately, Middleton’s misstep was not anything major and the rest of the school visit went off without a hitch.

Middleton honors Princess Diana’s memory

Apart from breaking royal protocols, Middleton paid tribute to Princess Diana’s memory throughout her stay in Pakistan. Royal watchers were quick to notice that one of Middleton’s outfits was very close to something Princess Diana wore during her trip to the region in 1996.

The Duchess of Cambridge rocked a blue Catherine Walker ensemble, complete with trousers, a shirt, and a kurti — all of which are traditional in Pakistan.

Middleton and Prince William, meanwhile, also met with Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, who had a close relationship with his late mother.

In fact, Khan and Princess Diana worked together to build a cancer hospital in Pakistan.

Prince William and Kate Middleton attend surprise birthday party

Towards the end of their tour of Pakistan, Prince William and Middleton ventured to the city of Lahore, where they appeared at the SOS Children’s Village.

The couple visited the center so that they could celebrate the birthday of three children: Daniyal, Ibrahim, and Iman. Middleton once again wore a traditional outfit for the occasion that was designed by Gul Ahmed.

Prince William and Middleton hoped to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education, a goal that was met during their visit to the school.

While education has been a theme of the couple’s tour, they are also hoping to attract attention to the issue of climate change. With that in mind, the pair visited the mountainous region of the Hindu Kush and Chitral, where they looked at how climate change was affecting local people in the area.

Middleton pays tribute to Princess Diana yet again

Kate Middleton did not waste the opportunity to once again honor Princess Diana’s memory. Just like Princess Diana, Middleton received a Chitrali hat upon her arrival in the city.

The hat is the exact same style as the one Princess Diana wore during her visit in 1996. Fans naturally recognized the hats as being the same and comparisons were immediately drawn on social media.

These types of heights are usually worn by men in the area, but she was allowed to receive one due to her prominence.

Middleton and Prince William have not commented on the latest reports surrounding their tour of Pakistan. The two are scheduled to return home on Friday, where they will reunite with their three kiddos: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Prince William and Kate Middleton left their children in London amid concerns that security would be an issue in Pakistan.